He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
It is sometimes hard to remember day to day what the Lord really requires of us. We get caught up in our to-do lists, our personal plans and expectations, and miss the simple truth of living in a godly way. We get busy. We get tired. We lose perspective. We need people around us to remind us of the words of Micah – do justice, love kindness, walk humbly. We need examples.
Mike Standard has been one of those examples for me.
I have known Mike for many years as we worked alongside one another at BelPres, and in all that time, he has been a person of integrity and kindness. He has mentored so many young people it’s almost impossible to count. He has shared his struggles and joys so openly with all of us, with a humility that comes from deep personal strength and the ability to trust in God in the worst as well as the best of times. He speaks from his heart. He listens with it, too.
Mike has gone on innumerable mission trips with our youth through the years, LOG outings, and trips to Mexico, local day trips and sometimes just lunches shared with our teens. Each time, he’s been guiding and teaching young hearts to do justice in Jesus’ name, with an honesty and simplicity that points straight to the heart of God.
Mike is one of the few people I know who can recognize the holy moments in the ordinary ones. Taking time to talk with a friend, stopping by to say hello and listen to a fellow staff member, doing every aspect of his work with an uncomplaining spirit – these are the ways in which Mike has brought his faith from just something to believe in to something truly lived out on a daily basis.
Mike and I have seen some great days and some hard ones; in every instance, I have known him to look for God’s hand in the circumstances, and to give God praise for it.
There are many men of faith in this world; there are a few who can say they walk in that faith. Mike, you are one of those rare few, and it has been an honor to share part of the journey with you.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
Mike, you are a good man, and you have done what the Lord requires. I will miss seeing you every day now that you are retiring, but your example has been an inspiration that will stay with me always.